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In Defence of Proust

Sir: I was saddened to read that a literary masterpiece sits unloved and unwanted on a shelf in Melbourne, especially when it has been described as “one of the greatest works of the imagination of all time” (André Maurois, 1950, The Quest for Proust, page 15). It has been said that you get out of a book what is in it for you. In Melissa Coburn’s review (May 2017) of the six-volume revised edition of Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time, she is frank about her lack of enthusiasm. Over a period of eight years she picked it up…

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